bullish

adjective
bull·​ish | \ ˈbu̇-lish also ˈbə- How to pronounce bullish (audio) \

Definition of bullish

1 : suggestive of a bull (as in brawniness)
2a : marked by, tending to cause, or hopeful of rising prices (as in a stock market) a bullish market bullish policies bullish investors
b : optimistic about something's or someone's prospects bullish on the company's future

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Other Words from bullish

bullishly adverb
bullishness noun

Examples of bullish in a Sentence

Members of her party are bullish about her reelection. They are bullish about the future of the product.

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In the meantime, here is a sampling of films and documentaries that feature indie music: Eleven Seven remains bullish on film projects. Chris Payne, Billboard, "How Indies Are Boosting Their Music Through Docs & Biopics," 14 June 2019 In Chicago, retailers, real estate investors and brokers remain bullish on North Michigan Avenue’s long-term prospects, no matter how much the retail world continues to change. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "North Michigan Avenue tries to bring back the 'Magnificent' amid retail upheaval," 5 June 2019 This sort of promise makes monetary policy much more powerful when rates are stuck at zero, by creating more bullish expectations among investors. Scott Sumner, Twin Cities, "Scott Sumner: If and when the recession begins, it won’t be Trump’s fault," 23 Aug. 2019 Both campaigns, while underdogs at this point, remain bullish. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Here's how much money Democratic presidential hopefuls have raised so far in Texas to beat Trump," 8 Aug. 2019 But apartment developers and owners remain bullish on Portland in the long term, said Greg Frick, a partner with apartment brokerage HFO Investment Real Estate. oregonlive.com, "NE Portland condo building suspends sales, switches to rental apartments weeks before opening," 31 July 2019 But for more bullish analysts who'd wagered the film could hit $50 million in its opening frame, the $40 million gross doesn't choreograph a happy ending for the Tarantino pic. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Overperforms With $40 Million Debut—But Can Its Spell Last?," 29 July 2019 Analysts were anticipating more bullish inventory news with larger dips in crude stocks and products. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Crude inventory dip more than offset by gains in fuel, other products," 17 July 2019 Another analyst who looked at China demand came away with a far more bullish outlook for Apple. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Apple shares fall 2% after analyst issues bleak forecast," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of bullish

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bullish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bullish

: hopeful or confident that something or someone will be successful : optimistic about the future of something or someone
: expecting the price of stocks to go up : characterized by rising stock prices

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